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Drone Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe
Minneapolis-based Rally Studios is so masterful with their drone footage that the footage has even caught the eye of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Their most recent clip of the Bryant Lake Bowl bowling alley went viral a few weeks ago, and this time, the team visited Minnesota’s Mall of America for a cinematic short. It begins at the Kaleidoscope public art installation before making it over to Nickelodeon Universe. Read more for the video and additional information.

Epirus Leonidas Anti-Drone Directed Energy High Power Microwave Weapon
Northrop Grumman and Epirus partnered to develop Leonidas, an innovative High Power Microwave (HPM) system designed to protect Forward Operating Bases, fixed sites, and maneuver forces against hostile
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). It features novel digital beamforming, which means Leonidas’ directed energy beam can sweep through entire volumes of airspace at digital speeds, thus creating a forcefield-like effect or precisely target a single system. Read more for a short video and additional information.

DJI FPV Drone Iceland Volcano Lava
Photo credit: Daniel Haussmann via Peta Pixel
Capturing a volcanic eruption up-close just isn’t possible with standard photography equipment, and that’s where drones come in. Photographer Daniel Haussmann found out the hard way that these flying machines can still get hit with the unexpected, and in this case, a flying chunk of lava from the erupting Geldingadalir volcano in Iceland. In all, he made a total of six visits to the site, and despite the accident, still managed to capture some amazing footage. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Sony Airpeak Drone Wind Testing
H/t: Peta Pixel
Sony may not be a leader in drones, but their upcoming Airpeak quadcopter is definitely no slouch. They recently headed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for some wind resistance testing, as their facility can generate an artificial airflow at a constant speed. The aim was to see how the drone could be affected by strong wind, and the maximum that it can endure, which turned out to be 44.7 mph. Read more for the video and additional information.

Light Painting Drones
Photo credit: Children of Darklight
If you’ve never heard of light painting, it’s a photographic techniques that involves moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space, or to shine light at the camera to ‘draw’, or by moving the camera itself during exposure of light sources. One artist, Frodo Álvarez, used five-drones to create a massive light painting of a soccer (fútbol) player about to kick a ball. Read more for a video and additional information.

1,500 Drones QR Code Princess Connect Re: Dive
Game developer Cygames in partnership with Bilibili wanted to get the word out about the China launch of Princess Connect! Re:Dive. So, they used 1,500 drones to create a giant QR code over Shanghai’s Bund that anyone could use to take them direct to the app store. For those who’ve never heard of the title, it’s essentially a real-time action role-playing game where players can form a party of up to five members to participate in various modes such as main quests and player versus player (PvP). Read more for the drone video and additional information.

DJI Mavic Air 2S Drone
The DJI Air 2S just might be the best Mavic yet, as it’s the first drone of its size capable of capturing 20-megapixel still images or video in 5.4K with a new one-inch sensor that was previously available only on larger, less agile UAVs. There’s also a new MasterShots feature that utilizes automatic flight path planning to set the drone’s course while recording video. After completing the flight, DJI Air 2S automatically merges the footage under one theme to create an eye-catching video. Product page. Read more for two videos, including an early review, and additional information.

DJI Mavic Drone Car Windshield
Photo credit: Virginia Tech Daily
Virginia Tech’s impact labs wanted to see exactly what would happen when a drone crashes into a car windshield. This lab has already conducted several controlled collisions that have been pivotal to producing safer cars, football helmets, and even toys, so this was an important test to say the least. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation restricted commercial drone use in urban and suburban areas by prohibiting flying over moving vehicles due to their concern that a drone hitting the windshield of a moving car could obstruct the driver’s view of the road or injure the occupants. Read more for the short 3-second video and additional information.

Hyundai Genesis Launch China Drones
To celebrate the launch of the Genesis brand in China, the company lit up the Shanghai skyline with thousands of drones in an eye-opening performance. It also set a new Guinness World Records for “The Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously”. The performance, titled the “Genesis of Genesis”, marks the start of the brand in China and wowed audiences on both sides of the Bund. Read more for a video and additional information.

Sanrock X103W Drone
SANROCK’s X103W 2.7K Drone is great for beginners or to practice with, and you can get one for $49.99 shipped with coupon code: BXYIG593, this weekend only, originally $124.99. The camera has a 90° adjustable lens design and ultra smooth FPV Real-Time Transmission that enables it to experience the world as intended. Want to capture footage in place? Altitude hold technology uses optical flow and air pressure to help it hover very stably in place. Product page – be sure to enter coupon code: BXYIG593 during final checkout to receive the additional discount.